Some of New Jersey’s best golfers share their thoughts and advice on the A.W. Tillinghast layout at Shackamaxon Country Club.

#1 “LONG”

Par 5, 580 yards

This is a true 3 shot part 5. Hitting the fairway off the tee is important. After the golfer hits the fairway, they choose to hit the ball across the water or lay up and hit a rather long third shot into the green. Once again the golfer must carry bunkers in order to hit this green. Par is always a good score on this hole.

– Len Siter, Head Golf Professional Mountain Ridge CC                               NJPGA Teacher of the Year 2007

 

#2 “SHORT”

Par 3, 164 yards

Deceptive par 3 that plays slightly uphill, with danger (O.B.) lurking to the right and bunkers guarding the front entrance. The green is pitched from back to front which yields challenging downhill and side hill putts. The objective is to hit the green and stay below the hole. Be happy with a par and move on to number 3.

Jay Blumenfeld– Amateur and member of Mountain Ridge CC                  NJSGA Player of the year (2006, 2009)

 

#3 “FIREHOUSE”

Par 4, 422 yards

A tight, downhill, shorter par 4 where accuracy is paramount. Out of bounds tightly on the right and trees on the left line a very narrow fairway. Driver not a necessity as a long iron or fairway wood off the tee can take advantage of the downhill to leave a short iron into the green. Second shot also a challenge as it will often be played off a slight downhill lie to a tiny, two-tiered green with out of bounds greenside. A sort but very challenging par 4.

Mike Burke-Director of Golf Montammy CC                                     NJPGA Player of the Year (1990,1991,1994,1998,1999,2001)                     NJPGA Hall of  Fame Inductee.

 

#4 “ASCENT”

Par 5, 533 yards

. A well struck tee shot will reach the top of the hill, leaving the opportunity to try for the green or lay up to a comfortable wedge. The green is well bunkered and if the hole location is up front, it is difficult to get the ball close. This hole provides the opportunity for a birdie, but if not played well can easily become a double bogey.

– Pete Busch- Director of Golf Galloping Hill                                                   NJPGA Senior Player of the Year 2003,                                                      Head Professional at Shackamaxon for 22 years

 

#5 “TRUST”

Par 3, 219 yards

This long, uphill par-3 presents both challenge and opportunity,  While it is hard to judge the proper club selection due to the up-slope, the grenn is large and has a few major breaks on the putting surface.  Though large bunkers guard the green to the left and right, one can run the ball on the green with a long iron or hybrid.

– Bill Henry  – Amateur and member of Forsgate CC                         Forsgate Country Club Champion in Four Different Decades

 

#6 “DESCENT”

Par 4, 403 yards

A very tight driving hole where if the ball is not in the fairway you most likely won’t have a reasonable play to the green. Driver not a necessity as hole is a mid length par 4 but, if you play to safely off the tee, you will leave a difficult second shot to an extremely tiny green surrounded by bunkers and out of bounds less than 10 yards over the green. Another short par 4 that can jump up and ruin a round very quickly

– Mike Burke-Director of Golf Montammy CC                                     NJPGA Player of the Year (1990,1991,1994,1998,1999,2001)                NJPGA Hall of Fame Inductee.

 

#7 “CHIEFS”

Par 4, 449 yards

A long uphill par 4 with a large cross bunker to carry off the tee. A narrow opening to the green forces the player to hit a precise long iron or fairway wood for their second shot. The green is medium sized with a couple large undulations that can make 3 putting a real possibility. A 4 here puts you at least half a shot ahead of the field.

– Brian Gaffney– Head Golf Professional Rumson CC                            NJPGA Player of the Year 2011

 

#8 “NARROW”

Par 3, 225 yards

This par 3 looks rather difficult from the tee. The player can’t see much of the green because of the large bunkers in front of the green. The best shot here is a high, soft one. Being a little long is better than being short on this par 3. Take par and be happy.

– Len Siter– Head Golf Professional Mountain Ridge CC                      NJPGA Teacher of the Year 2007

 

#9 “ISLAND”

Par 4, 349 yards

My favorite hole at Shack! Total risk reward hole. Proves that length does not make a hole great. A safe tee shot to the right leaves a blind approach to an island green. A more aggressive tee shot over the left bunkers leaves a shorter club and a chance to see the green. The green is totally surrounded by water an has a fair amount of back to front slope in it. Birdies can be made. Par is good, but a big number can also happen. Cool hole!!

– Chris Dachisen– Head Golf Professional North Jersey CC               NJPGA Player of the Year 2007, Senior Player of the Year 2008, 2009, NJPGA Hall of  Fame inductee.

 

#10 “TURN”

Par 4, 475 yards

A demanding hole from start to finish. First the tee shot demands accuracy as well as the right amount of length. A tee shot short and right is blocked by trees; a tee shot too long goes through the fairway into heavy rough and an awkward lie. If your tee ball is successful you are left with a longish approach to a well-guarded green with some good slope back to front. Four is a good score here.

– Chris Dachisen– Head Golf Professional North Jersey CC               NJPGA Player of the Year 2007, Senior Player of the Year 2008, 2009, NJPGA Hall of  Fame inductee.

 

#11 “VALLEY”

Par 4, 364 yards

A medium ranged par 4 with a demanding tee shot. Most players will lay up of pinching bunkers, leaving a mid iron to a fairly large green. Many great hole locations are available on this slippery green surface.

-Ed Whitman– Director of Golf Knickerbocker CC                               NJPGA Player of the Year (1989, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2004),                      NJPGA Senior Player of  the Year (2004, 2005)                                          NJPGA Hall of Fame inductee

 

#12 “CREEK”

Par 5, 480 yards

Longer hitter will give this green a shot in two. The green is well protected by a creek, which fronts the entire putting surface. A player who opts to lay up for their third shot will be face with a comfortable shot into another large green, This is a fun par 5.

-Ed Whitman– Director of Golf Knickerbocker CC                               NJPGA Player of the Year (1989, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2004),                      NJPGA Senior Player of  the Year (2004, 2005)                                          NJPGA Hall of Fame inductee

 

#13 “OPPORTUNITY”

Par 4, 273 yards

Short but challenging par 4 hole. Golfers are faced with a choice on the tee from an iron lay-up over a creek to a narrow fairway guarded by bunkers or trying to hit the small well-protected green with a driver or 3 wood. Definitely a risk-reward birdie opportunity.

Jay Blumenfeld– Amateur and member of Mountain Ridge CC  NJSGA Player of the year (2006, 2009)

 

#14 “LAMBERT’S”

Par 4, 401 yards

A medium to long par 4. A good tee shot will catch a slope on the left center of the fairway and run out an extra 20 yards. The tee shot must not work too far left, because there is out of bounds. The second shot is slightly uphill to a large round green that is fronted by large bunkers on the right and left. The green is crowned and slopes away on all sides. Par here is a good score.

– Brian Gaffney– Head Golf Professional Rumson CC                       NJPGA Player of the Year 2011

 

#15 “CORNER”

Par 4, 385 yards

A medium length Par 4 with out of bounds down the left side. A solid tee shot will reach the bottom of a small hill and leave a wedge into the green. Trees on the right and left make keeping the ball in the fairway crucial. When played well this hole is an easy par or birdie, but if taken for granted it will become a double bogey very quickly.

– Pete Busch- Director of Golf Galloping Hill                                             NJPGA Senior Player of the Year 2003, Head Professional at Shackamaxon for 22 years

 

#16 “CHUTE”

Par 4, 417 yards. The tee shot here is uphill to a narrow fairway, which is well protected by trees on both sides. The premium here is a long accurate tee ball in over to attack the flag, because the green is not very large and protected on both sides by bunkers.

-Frank Esposito– Head Golf Professional Brooklake CC                 Course record holder (61 white tees) NJPGA Player of the Year (2006, 2007, 2009), NJPGA Hall of Fame inductee

 

#17 “TRIAL”

Par 3, 205 yards. This is one of my favorite short holes. It is a slightly downhill tee shot with the green well protected by bunkers and a lake to the left. It requires a precise long to mid iron shot to find the green.

-Frank Esposito– Head Golf Professional Brooklake CC                  Course record holder (61 white tees) NJPGA Player of the Year (2006, 2007, 2009), NJPGA Hall of Fame inductee

 

#18 “TRIBULATION”

Par 4, 393 yards.

A short, demanding part 4. This hole requires an accurate tee shot to allow for a clear shot with a short iron or wedge into a small well-bunkered green.

– Bill Britton– Director of Instruction Trump Colt’s Neck                          13 year PGA Tour player, NJPGA Teacher of the Year 2008,                           NJPGA Hall of Fame  inductee